Peekskill Resident Honored by Queen Elizabeth II

Over the weekend, Queen Elizabeth II named a resident of Peekskill an honorary member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. For the past 15 years, 47-year-old, Glenn Guzi, routinely hosted the British royal family at the World Trade Center site. Established in 1917 by King George V, the honor rewards individuals for contributions to the art and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organizations, and public service outside the Civil Service. According to sources, in 1990 Guzi had been studying abroad when he met Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Years later, after the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, wanted to visit the site and Guzi was working for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey became her guide. As the years went by whenever the royals visited the US Guzi would be their tour guide. The British consul general to New York, Danny Lopez, said in a statement that the World Trade Center site has been “both a place of pilgrimage and a symbol of the UK-US special relationship.” Guzi told the Journal News that the royals visit the site “because of a sense of duty and a sense, every today, that no one should really forget.”

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